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Archives and Local Studies Centre 

Are you are interested in Barking and Dagenham's history, or tracing your family tree? We have plenty of material to assist your research, including free use of Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past Community Edition on our PCs.

Opening times: Mondays to Fridays: 10am to 4pm (except public holidays)
Saturdays: 10am to 12.30pm and 1.15 to 4pm 

Archives and Local Studies Centre brief guide 
Archives and Local Studies newsletter October-December 2014  
Copying information and prices

We're taking part once again in the Explore Your Archive Campaign to promote the value and use of archives. This year's campaign was launched on Monday 10 November 2014. We marked it with a behind the scenes tour and the launch of our latest‘Story Box’ on World War One, to add to those on trade union history and women's history in Barking and Dagenham.

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For travel information, please see the main Valence House Museum page. We are inside the Visitor Centre, with level access throughout, and two Blue Badge parking spaces at the Margery Road entrance, off Bonham Road.


Original records of our local government and activities

Local Studies 

Local Studies 
A wealth of books, maps, microfilms and much more

Family history resources 

Researching family history 
Discover your ancestors from Barking, Dagenham and beyond using our resources

Heritage photo collection 

United Dairies milkman, 1950 
A growing online collection of our historic photos of Barking and Dagenham
Archives and Local Studies centre visitors

Archives and Local Studies Centre

Valence House Museum

Becontree Avenue




Phone: 020 8227 2033

Email: localstudies@lbbd.gov.uk